Room by Emma Donoghue

I read this novel a couple of months ago and it is one that I would recommend to most people. Room was short-listed for the Man Booker prize and it is about Jack and his small world – Room. Jack is the five year old narrator of the novel and it is through his limited point of view that we hear his story. As readers we know what Jack knows, and we wonder how he and his mother have come to be in this place. The relationship between Jack and his mother is at the heart of this story and it is a very powerful one.

It doesn’t take long before we realise that Room is a prison and that the villain of the story  is a particularly despicable one. If you have followed the stories of Elizabeth Fritzl and Jaycee Lee Dugard you can guess what things may have prompted Donoghue’s book but this is no generic thriller. I read it in a couple of hours and it was a very satisfying read.

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